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Trump tried to explain why he won’t ask FBI to investigate Kavanaugh. It made no sense.

The coverup continues.

CREDIT: SCREENGRAB
CREDIT: SCREENGRAB

During a question-and-answer session with reporters outside the White House on Wednesday, President Trump was asked why he won’t order the FBI to investigate the sexual assault allegation made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The president’s rationale made no sense.

“Well, it would seem that the FBI really doesn’t do that,” Trump said. “They’ve investigated [Kavanaugh via background checks] about six times before.”

But as a reporter pointed out to Trump, the bureau would investigate if the president asked them to. There’s direct precedent for this. In 1991, when Anita Hill made sexual harassment allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, President Bush directed the FBI “to conduct a full, thorough and expeditious investigation.”

“They would do it if you asked them to — would you consider doing it?” the reporter said to Trump.

The president immediately changed his tune, ignoring the question and instead punting the matter to Republican senators.

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“Well, I would let the senators take their course,” Trump said. “Let the senators do it. They’re doing a very good job.”

Trump went on to say that the allegation “is hurting someone’s life very badly.” But he was referring to Kavanaugh, not Ford, who has been besieged with death threats and targeted harassment since she went public with her story about Kavanaugh allegedly assaulting her at a high school party in the early 1980s.

“It’s very unfair I think to — as you know, Justice [sic] Kavanaugh has been treated very, very tough,” Trump said. “And his family — I think it’s a very unfair thing, what’s going on. So, we’ll see.”

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Trump’s comment about how “the FBI really doesn’t do” investigations like the one Ford has asked for into Kavanaugh’s alleged assault echoes what he said on Tuesday, when he told reporters that “I don’t think the FBI should be involved because they don’t want to be involved.” Bloomberg reported Trump made those comments without actually consulting with the bureau.

While Trump tries to shift responsibility onto Republican senators on the Judiciary Commitee, those same lawmakers say they don’t have enough information to vet Blasey Ford’s accusations. During a CNN interview on Wednesday, Judiciary Committee member Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) said he doesn’t have enough information to make key decisions because “everything I know about this I’ve read in the media or seen in the media.”

Kennedy then proceeded to mansplain sexual assault to CNN’s Poppy Harlow, repeatedly interrupting her to insist Republican senators don’t have enough evidence to take Ford’s accusation seriously.

Meanwhile, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wants to exclude the only alleged eyewitness of Kavanaugh’s assault, Mark Judge, from participating in a public hearing currently scheduled for Monday. Judge, who has provided shifting statements about what he remembers about the party where Ford was allegedly assaulted, has indicated he doesn’t want to testify under oath on behalf of his friend.

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Ford has indicated she would be reluctant to participate in any hearing until the FBI investigates her accusation against Kavanaugh. In a letter sent to Grassley on Tuesday, Ford’s attorneys claimed Grassley planned to have Ford sit at the same table as Kavanaugh, her alleged sexual abuser. Grassley insists the hearing won’t be rescheduled if Ford refuses to participate, a sentiment echoed by other Republicans in the senate.

Another Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC), baselessly suggested on Thursday that Ford’s allegation is part of a Democratic conspiracy to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation until after the midterm elections.

Graham’s insistence that the Senate move forward as quickly as possible to confirm Kavanaugh before November’s elections is ironic, given that in 2016, Republicans blocked President Obama’s nominee to replace Antonin Scalia, Merrick Garland, on the basis that the nomination — made in March of that year, nearly eight months before November’s election — was made too close to November.